Today the BBC announced that it will only be funding free TV licences for those over 75, who are receiving pension credit. The corporation suggests that this is the fairest way to support the most financially challenged. The alternative would have been to severely reduce the services which the BBC provides and this was considered to be unacceptable. To read more, follow this link.
At our AGM on March 28th, Ann Hill (pictured here with Richard Webb) resigned from the Forum Committee. She was one of the founder members of the Harrogate District Over 50s Forum and, for many years, she has represented the Forum at the North Yorkshire Forum for Older People (NYFOP). Ann has ensured that the Forum has provided opportunities for people to meet and discuss issues of importance to older people. Every year, she has planned and co-ordinated bi-monthly day trips to a variety of venues which have proved to be very popular, and which have also helped to generate income for the activities of the Forum. Fortunately, Ann has agreed to continue organising the day trips and information about these is available on our ‘Forum Events’ page.
We would like to thank Ann for all her hard work, which has helped to make the Forum the success it is today.
Every second Thursday of the month, 2 -4pm at Harrogate Library
A chance to meet others and socialise. Everybody is welcome and a special welcome to those who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a dual sensory impairment. A member of NYCC Sensory team will be at each session to offer advice and information.
The current free TV licence for those over 75yr is due to end shortly.The BBC is seeking your views on what happens next. Will it be abolished? Have your say https://bbcconsultation.traverse.org.uk or tel: 0800 232 1382 for a paper version.
Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, has announced that £3 million is to be spent to improve the 999 and 101 telephone services. To find out more, please visit our ‘Topical News‘ page.
Lots of consultations and surveys in progress. Don’t miss the opportunity to make your views known. See our ‘Have your say’ page.
- Service users and carers with experience of the Mental Health Act are asked to complete an online survey to have their say on an Independent Review of the Act.
- The rise in numbers comes as the NHS is running a public consultation into whether England should follow Wales and introduce an opt-out donation scheme.
- NHS England wants to hear the views of patients and the public on the prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for minor conditions.
- The Government are consulting on plans to extend the Blue Badge scheme
- NHS England has commissioned Quality Health to run an online survey to gather feedback about people’s experiences of personal health budgets in England.
There are currently several consultations on the provision of local health services. Have you had your say? This is our opportunity to help shape parts of the health service for the future.
- Pharmacy service provision
- Helping people stay well and independent in the local community
- Improving patient safety and learning from errors
- Changes in GP services
Details of all of these consultations are on our ‘Have Your Say’ webpage. Make sure you express your views on these important matters.
Lots of us get heaps or junk mail every week. Even so, it’s worthwhile checking you’re not missing an important communication.Currently, household enquiry forms are being distributed to householders. Even if all the information is correct, or you have recently provided the information, you have a legal obligation to reply. Failure to complete this form, or register a response on-line, could leave you facing a £1,000 fine. To find out more, click here.
Ofcom is to investigate the cost of calls to Directory Enquiry services, following concerns by consumer groups. There are over 420 companies providing the service, with calls costing £5-10 each, not to mention charging up to £3 per minute for connecting calls.
To find out more, visit our ‘alerts’ page.
In the light of recent events in Westminster, the public is being encouraged to be vigilant and, if possible, assist the police in their efforts to keep us all safe. They would like to draw your attention to new measures which might assist them. For further information, follow this link.